Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The wooden tops by UrbanTurn provide endless hours of fun and fascination for everyone, especially curious preschoolers.
My preschooler really enjoyed trying to spin the top by herself. This little top is perfect for practicing fine motor skills, gaining patience, and for pure enjoyment while watching the vibrant colors swirl around. It worked best on a hard smooth surface. The top is well made; therefore, it should be able to withstand countless hours of hard play by a preschooler. However, be sure not to press down hard on the top to insure there isn't damage to the tip. What I really like about this classic toy is that she can play with it independently. In addition, this beautifully made wooden top is affordable. It is a welcome addition to our toy collection.
Are you twirling around wishing that you had your own wooden top? Then stop and win one! UrbanTurn is kindly giving one lucky reader a wooden top of their choice.
Ways To Enter Giveaway: (for each entry, please leave a separate comment)
1. Mandatory: visit UrbanTurn and then come back and leave a comment stating what color(s) wooden top you would prefer.
2. Leave a suggestion for a color that you would like to see UrbanTurn add to his color list.
3. Make a purchase from UrbanTurn during the giveaway.
4. Follow Izzie, Mac and Me blog.
5. Blog about the UrbanTurn giveaway on your blog.
The giveaway will close at midnight on Sunday, August 30. One lucky reader will be randomly drawn.
Disclaimer: The product reviewed was provided for me free of charge in return for writing a review and hosting a giveaway.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Calling all animal rescuers!
Izzie and Diego need your help.
Baby Jaguar has lost his way to
Izzie's 3rd Birthday Celebration!
You have to help Izzie and Diego find
Baby Jaguar and bring him back to the
(last name) Rescue Center.
The adventure will begin Saturday,
(date), at (time).
Will will have a picnic after the mission.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Inside the balloons:
I made 2 of each.
Izzie played with the sensory balls for an hour last night. She was trying to match the sensory balls and it was very challenging for her, but she really enjoyed touching each ball and trying to figure out it's match.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I got the entire set for $3. Melissa and Doug has a similar set.
Unfortunately, there isn't a logo on either piece and I can't find anything similar.
We're using this a lot with Speech!
My only complaint: it isn't magnetic, but still a lot fun!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thank you so much Cali for all the wonderful goodies!
If you want to check out more goodies from the Super Summer Swap, click here!
Monday, August 3, 2009
What is Apraxia? It is a disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently.
What causes Apraxia? The cause or causes of Apraxia are not yet known. Some scientists believe that Apraxia is a disorder related to a child's overall language development. Others believe it is a neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to send the proper signals to move the muscles involved in speech.
What are the symptoms? One of the most notable symptoms is difficulty putting sounds and syllables together in the correct order to form words. Longer or more complex words are usually harder to say than shorter or simpler words. People with Apraxia of speech also tend to make inconsistent mistakes when speaking. For example, they may say a difficult word correctly but then have trouble repeating it, or they may be able to say a particular sound one day and have trouble with the same sound the next day. People with Apraxia of speech often appear to be groping for the right sound or word, and may try saying a word several times before they say it correctly. Children with developmental Apraxia of speech generally can understand language much better than they are able to use language to express themselves. Some children with the disorder may also have other problems. These can include other speech problems, such as dysarthria; language problems such as poor vocabulary, incorrect grammar, and difficulty in clearly organizing spoken information; problems with reading, writing, spelling, or math; coordination or "motor-skill" problems; and chewing and swallowing difficulties.
How is it treated? Children with developmental Apraxia of speech will not outgrow the problem on their own; speech-language therapy is often helpful for these children. In severe cases, people with developmental Apraxia of speech may need to use other ways to express themselves. These might include formal or informal sign language or a language notebook with pictures or written words that the person can show to other people. I read that many children with Apraxia of speech, even at young ages, have some awareness of their difficulty. I would completely agree with this statement. Izzie knows exactly what she wants to say and will try to say it and can hear and recognize that it came out wrong; then she gets extremely upset and frustrated.
Izzie attends therapy once a week and will increase to twice a week starting in September when she turns three years old. She is consistently saying 2-word phrases now and has recently begun saying 3-word sentences. However, many words are unrecognizable to outsiders and can only be understood in context or paired with sign language.
We have many more years of therapy ahead of us, but each day when she says a new sound or attempts a new word, it gives me hope that she will overcome Apraxia.